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Friday, January 4, 2013

100 years ago

Guy M. Gillette democrat and senator-elect from the Ida-Plymouth-Cherokee district, will have a seat in the senate when that body convenes a week from tomorrow. His certificate of election has been sent by the secretary of state.

At the time the official canvass of the vote was made it was decided that in case a contest is filed before the certificate is issued a certificate shall not be issued until the contest is settled. The attorney general's office reversed itself at the close of the year and the certificate was sent to Mr. Gillette.

When it was announced that Geo. F. Coburn, republican, had contested Mr. Gillette's election, it at once was suggested that J. U. Sammis, retiring senator, would occupy that seat until his successor was elected and qualified. Giving the certificate eliminates all possibility of Mr. Sammis sitting in the senate.

There are two other contests in the senate. Robt. Hunter of Woodbury county is contesting the election of Edgar R. Farr, democrat. The certificate was issued to Mr. Farr before the contest was filed. In the Pottawattamie county district Clement Kimball is contesting the election of Mark C. Goodwin. It has been reported that Goodwin received certificate, but no official report is required since the supervisors issue the certificates of elections in districts of one court.

If the canvassing board of Pottawattamie county refuse a certificate, Senator Chas. G. Saunders of Council Bluffs probably will occupy the seat until the contest is decided. Since republicans have brought all of these contests it means that two democrats whose seats are contests will have a chance to vote on the title of a brother democrat in a seat in the senate.

In Gillette's case there was but one vote margin shown in the official canvass.

Mr. Coburn has declared that he believes a recounting of the votes will disclose that he was elected by several votes.

The Pottawattamie county case will be a difficult one for the senators to untangle. There is a disagreement over the counting of the votes; it is claimed that the tellers made an error of 106 votes in favor of Kimball. The error was made in different precincts.

The Paullina Star, the new paper started at Paullina four months ago by R. J. Taylor, was purchased from his this week by Arthur W. McBride the owner of The Times and the two papers will be merged.

The last number of The Star was issued yesterday.

By the deal the owner of The Times comes into possession of the machinery, material, subscription list and good will of the newspaper and will combine the latter two with that of The Times, selling off the machinery.

The Times owner has agreed to fill all unexpired subscriptions to The Star. The combined lists will make the circulation of The Times a large one, giving the Paullina advertisers the best service they ever have had.

Mr. Taylor came here last fall from Nebraska to start The Star. In his yesterday's issue he states in farewell that the proposition has not been a paying one. The writer wishes to state that he has always found Mr. Taylor a competitor who used only fair means to gain business.

The competitor has never been of the destructive cut throat kind but on the contrary, Mr. Taylor's presence here has served to put some new ideas in the foreground. It was simply a case of two small a town for two papers.

75 years ago

Ice harvest by the Gesland company on its Little Sioux river property in the southeast section of the city was in the last stages Thursday plant officials reported. Hundreds of tons of ice have been cut from the river by large crews of workmen under the direction of C. C. Cobb, former Cherokee police chief, who is a veteran ice cutter.

WWII Honor Roll - During World War II the Cherokee County Honor Roll sat on the southwest corner of Main Street and Fifth Street. Although the boys were away at war, they were remembered at home.
Ice Is Stored

The ice is stored in a new circular warehouse on the bank where it will remain for next summer's supply. About 50 men were employed this year in cutting and storing the ice.

Harvest Is Good

Cobb reported the ice is frozen on the river to a depth of from 14 to 27 inches. It is scored with two motor saws and cut by workmen using long hand saws.

After the blocks have been cut out they are floated downstream to a point where an endless chain elevator, dipping into the river, catches each chunk and conveys it into the warehouse where other workmen stack it. The warehouse, built two years ago is thoroughly insulated and of the most modern design.

Elmo Imbler, farm hand who formerly lived at Rollo, Kas., before coming to this county recently, was bound over the district court under $1,500 bond Wednesday morning when he was arraigned in a preliminary hearing before Justice of the Peace Albert Hurd.

Imbler was charged with having stolen a set of harness valued at more than $20 from the Carl Anderson farm.

He was arrested by Sheriff A. N. Tilton.

Imbler has been serving a sentence in the Cherokee county jail on a motor vehicle charge since being picked up by state highway patrolman a few weeks ago.

New Year's Eve revelers here were orderly, despite the large crowds of merrymakers, participating in the various celebrations throughout the city, police authorities stated Monday.

Deputy Sheriff Dan E. Danielson said no arrests had been made by that office and one was reported by Chief of Police W. F. Huber. The highway patrol said not a single accident was reported.

Cherokeans watched the New Year arrive in "watch parties," theatre parties, special dances and other events. Many private parties were held over the city.

Police expressed gratification that drunken driving, their chief fear on New Year's eve, was not noticeable.

50 years ago

Troy Mummert, veteran member of the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors was appointed chairman of the Board, Wednesday morning as the board met in the first regular session of 1963.

Mummert succeeds Francis Coburn, Marcus, in this post.

Mummert of District 3, comprised of Afton, Spring and Pitcher townships has been a member of the Board of Supervisors since 1951.

One new member joined the group, A. J. Leonard elected from District 4, comprised of Diamond, Silver and Pilot townships succeeds Walter Radke from that district.

Other board members in addition to Coburn, Leonard and Mummert are Harvey Miller, Marcus and Albert Peterson, Cherokee.

Appoints Committees

The following appointments were made by Chairman Mummert during the session: Courthouse committee: Harvey Miller and Francis Coburn.

County Shop committee: A. J. Leonard and Albert Peterson.

Appointed to the Social Welfare Board: Albert Peterson, Troy Mummert and Mrs. Ray Griffin.

He also reappointed Dr. D. C. Koser as medical officer.

Calvin Leonard was appointed to fill out the term of A. J. Leonard on the Conservation Commission. A. J. Leonard resigned that position on becoming a member of the Board of Supervisors.

Three Minnesota residents all with kin in Cherokee--were killed in the collision of their car and a semi-trailer truck loaded with beef near Worthington, Minn., Saturday afternoon.

They were returning from a holiday visit in Cherokee. Dead are: Mrs. Fred Laager, 48; her son, David Laager, 18; Mrs. Laager's sister, Mrs. Joseph Jacobson, about 50. The Laagers were from Donnelly, Minn. And Mrs. Jacobson from Alberta, Minn.

Mrs. Laager and Mrs. Jacobson were sisters of Mrs. Glenn Cline, Cherokee, and had been visiting in this city.

Young Laager was driving at the time of the fatal accident.

Services for Mrs. Laager and her son were held Tuesday from the Alberta, Minn., school. Rites for Mrs. Jacobson were from Lutheran Church at Alberta on Wednesday.

Sarlite Lanes in Cherokee has been chosen as the site of the 1963 northwest district Farm Bureau bowling tournament scheduled for January 29-31. Wesley Volkert, acting secretary for the tournament has announced.

Entry blanks are available at the County Farm Bureau office in Cherokee. Tournaments are scheduled at: Waterloo, Garner, Carroll, Nevada, Maquoketa, Burlington, Knoxville and Creston, in addition to the Cherokee site and bowlers may choose the site most convenient to them.

There will be three events--singles, double and team events--for both men and women. Bowlers must be members of Farm Bureau or members of a Farm Bureau family to compete. If the membership is listed in the name of a firm, its owner and one employee may also compete. Handicap will be figured 2/3 of scratch of 200 with a limit of 120 pins for men and 150 for women. Use highest ABC.

WBC sanctioned average for at least 12 games as of January 1, 1963. If not available, use highest average for 1961-62 season. Non league bowlers with no acceptable average may enter at 150 for men and 120 for women.

The shifts are as follows--Team 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; doubles 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.; singles 12:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. All games in each event bowled on same pair of alleys. Alleys will be assigned.

The state tournament is February 26, 27, 28, 1963 at Boone. District prize winners qualify for the state tournament.

District doubles winners quality and if they wish, they may enter both singles and doubles. District singles winners qualify and if they wish, they may select a partner and bowl in the singles and doubles. Team winners qualify for the team event only.

25 years ago

Patrons of the Aurelia Community School District attended the public meeting on sharing football with the Alta Community School District Monday.

For the most part, people who spoke at the meeting were supportive of the agreement. Some suggestions given included that more student and community input should be sought, as well as holding a joint district public hearing.

Aurelia Athletic Director Tom Bohnenkamp explained that the reason the school colors of black and gold for varsity and red and black for junior varsity and freshmen were chosen was because of the economic factor of purchasing new uniforms in the first year of the agreement.

"That's not to say we won't change that in the future," he said.

"I believe you have done a super job on this," said Jan Gifford as she addressed the board. "As far as the kids are concerned I haven't heard any objections."

All the board members commented that for the most part, response from people they spoke to was positive.

"I would like Aurelia to stay Aurelia and Alta to stay Alta," said Jim Thompkins, "but I believe we're headed in the right direction--considering what the legislature is doing right now. I would rather see us do something now with Alta rather than see us down the road be forced to do something we don't want to do."

Kevin Ritchie asked if the football players and student body were polled about the proposed sharing agreement. He stated that if any resistance was found, it should be dealt with.

Principal Duane Kent explained that students had been polled before anything was put on paper. At that time approximately 57 students were against the proposal and 49 were for it. Kent explained that the students have been kept abreast of the situation through student body meetings and the student council has met twice to discuss the issue.

Ed Benson attempted to ask member of the Alta board who were present how the Alta community viewed the agreement. Board President Lynn Virgil stated that the intent of the public hearing was to address the Aurelia School Board. She explained when the Alta School Board had their public hearing that members of the Aurelia board had been given the same courtesy.

Ritchie later suggested the boards hold a joint public meeting so that both groups could be addressed. The board took the suggestion under advisement.

Other suggestions which came from the floor were to add a student and a community member from each district to the steering committee, to schedule two separate homecomings instead of one (the proposed agreement calls for both districts to maintain their individual homecoming activities with one homecoming game) and for the boards to decide who the head coach would be, before the agreement is signed.

"The purpose of this meeting was to get your input, suggestions and comments about the proposed football sharing agreement," said Virgil. "We believe in the best interests of the students regardless of the decision."

The Aurelia School Board will not take input from the public meeting and continue their discussions with the Alta School Board before a final decision is made.

"Now that I've come here to this meeting," said one junior high student uneasy about the changes impending between the two rival schools, "I see that it is not so bad."

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